Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW Review
The WED9151YW knows exactly what it is—a dryer.
The Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW knows exactly what it is—a dryer. It doesn't have lots of fancy extra features, no flashing lights, no glossy exterior or flashy color. It's a basic, user-friendly dryer. That said, it's a decent one.
This Whirlpool uses sensor drying technology, multiple preset cycles, and a control interface that's not unpleasant to look at and explains clearly what is going on with your clothes. It's an appliance that sticks to basics without shunning modernity. For it's size and limited features, the Whirlpool may be priced a bit higher than some consumers would like, with an MSRP of $799. We managed to find it on sale for under $575 though, and if you can track down that kind of price, you may just find yourself in the laundry room singing in harmony with the Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW.
Design & Usability
Despite its bare-boned simplicity, the Duet dodges ugly design and clumsy navigation
The Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW has a very basic design without any fancy tweaks. The machine has a standard glossy white finish, a traditional cycle knob, and a rudimentary control panel with buttons for adjusting certain drying features. Though basic, these controls are still responsive. The buttons are straightforward and each chosen setting is signified using green lights on a panel. The remaining drying time is listed there as well. From the cycle knob to the door handle, everything is sturdy enough.
Performance & Features
There aren't many extra goodies on this Whirlpool, but it's pretty effective in terms of drying anyways
The Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW doesn’t offer a great deal of variety in the way of features, but it has all the basics covered with six preset cycles, including a variation on Normal designed to maximize energy efficiency. In addition to standard cycles, you also get two extra preset cycles, one of which is designed to get line-dry clothes safely to a damp state. The Whirlpool also has three timed cycles—one of which is made to reduce wrinkles.
Only the basics are there: varying gradations of customizable times, temperatures, and dryness levels, plus a Wrinkle Shield option that will keep clothes tumbling for up to 90 minutes after the cycle concludes to reduce crinkles. If you want really specialized drying though—one that will get just hot enough to dry the tears off your Buffalo Bills sweatshirt, for example—this machine is definitely not an appropriate choice.
The real question, of course, is whether this thing will dry your laundry. It certainly doesn't have the most savvy dry sensor on the market, but more often than not, clothes will still come out dry in relatively short time periods. For a mid-priced and somewhat small dryer, performance was surprisingly consistent, and drying times were actually shorter than average. Preset cycles never concluded within the estimated durations, but compared to other models, this Duet managed to get clothes dry slightly faster on both Normal and Delicate cycle, which is a big plus. The only troubles are some high temperatures and an inadequate Bulky cycle.
This Duet is simple and effective, but the pitch can sometimes turn sour
With a $799 MSRP that's usually cut down to $575 on sale, the Whirlpool Duet WED9151YW is very much a bargain buy. More often than not, clothes came out completely dry as a result of a good internal sensor and high temperatures. Nevertheless, it had some issues with large items, and those same high temperatures could lead to overall clothes damage after an extended period of time.
Controls are simple to use and not just because there aren't many options. In fact, the panel is laid out well. This is a fine machine that could never be confused with an excellent one, but thankfully the price reflects that, making this a solid contender for consumers on a tight budget.
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